July 12, 2011

Analog Music!

Hey did you know I like records?  If you follow me on twitter, you’re probably sick of hearing about it, but my many-weeks-long project of reorganizing our collection is just about done now, so I’ll be shutting up about it after this.  I was planning to post about my collection, along with some crafty things you can do with records that are no good for listening to (thrift stores are full of those!)… but then it all just got too massive, so that crafty post will come later.  For now, read on if you like music on vinyl!

our records!

So, I just realized a couple weeks ago, while in the middle of my reorganization project, that it’s been exactly 10 years since I started collecting records!  At the end of my first year of college I started thinking it would be cool to have a record player, and then during the summer of 2001, between my first and second years of college, I found this record player on ebay for $12 and immediately started buying records.

my record player

During those first couple years, I didn’t live near any good record stores or thrift stores, so I was mostly buying new indie music on vinyl, not much old stuff.  But then I moved to a cool neighborhood for my last year of college and started digging through the rows of records at my local record stores, fun times!  I was pretty picky back then, though, and my collection grew very slowly…

our records!

Then a year later, in 2005 when I started dating Pete, we got really into record shopping together, and have been ever since!  We’re not always active about it – we’ll go long chunks of time without going to a record store, but then we’ll get back into it and go digging through albums whenever we have the chance.  Right now, because of all this record sorting that’s been going on, we’ve gotten obsessively into it and have found some awesome albums over the last month!  Our favorite shops in Portland are Everyday Music and Crossroads, and we also love Music Millennium, and thrift stores!

record

So, here it is – our entire LP collection:

our records!

Ordering it all chronologically involved days of sorting them all into stacks by decade/year, filling our entire living room floor with piles of vinyl…

piles of records

Which, of course, meant I had to grab that opportunity to sort of recreate an image from one of my all time favorite movies:

high fidelity

Not perfect, but it works:

me with my records

So, do you want more detail about my massive undertaking?  Probably not, but I’ll give it to you anyway!  I guess if you didn’t care about my records, you’d have stopped reading long ago… Anyway, I started out by cataloguing everything into a google docs spreadsheet.  Here’s a tiny glimpse of that:

a glimpse...

Then I used this list to group all the LPs into stacks of 50’s, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s…

piles of records

Then I went through group by group and sorted them into individual date piles, and finally shelved them in chronological order, alphabetically within each year.

our records!

The giant spreadsheet of every record we own is way too much fun, by the way… Want to know what we have tons of?  There’s more Bob Dylan LPs than anything else (15), with The Beatles and Elton John tied for second at 12 each.  Third is David Bowie and Joni Mitchell tied at 10 each, followed by Frank Zappa, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Beach Boys with 9 albums each, and then 8 LPs by Bee Gees.  John Lennon is the person represented most, with those 12 Beatles records, 3 solo by him, 4 by John Lennon and Yoko Ono together.  (I have 3 by Yoko alone as well.)  A couple you might be amused by include my 6 Glen Campbell records, and 5 Carpenters (feel like I should have more, I love them so much).  Ok I’ll stop now!

our records!

And then there are our 7″s…

our 7" collection

We rarely buy these anymore these days, but I used to be waaaay into them!  They are all catalogued in the spreadsheet, but I haven’t yet organized them – they’re just grouped into vague sections for now.

our 7" collection

Lastly, I made some record “bookmarks” – to mark the place when we take out a record to play it.  I have my old record player in my studio, so I take groups in there sometimes, hence the multiple bookmarks.  Plus, they’re fun to make out of ridiculous album covers:

record bookmarks our records!

I hope I didn’t bore you too much, but I just spent so much time with this project over the last several weeks, I had to share!  I’ve been pinning some of my favorite records that we own, so you can follow that if you’re interested.  I just love records so much – the covers as art forms, the vinyl for the analog listening experience, everything.  And now that they are organized, I will definitely be listening to them more than I had been!

me with my records

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